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Makenzie Wethington broke her pelvis, spine, shoulder, several ribs and a tooth in the fall

Rupert Cornwell: A tug-of-warover America's greatest athlete

Out of America: The body of 1912 Olympian Jim Thorpe may be removed from the town that bears his name

Legalise marijuana measure loses in California

Warned of dangers and legal chaos, California voters yesterday rejected a measure that would have made their state the first in the US to legalize the use and sale of marijuana.

Robert Wilson: Influential bassist with 1980s funk group The Gap Band

In the mid-1970s the bass guitar became a pivotal instrument in the funk and electro-funk genres. While not as flamboyant or flashy a player as Larry Graham, "Bootsy" Collins or Rick James, Robert Wilson was an influential musician whose distinctive bass lines helped The Gap Band, the group formed by his older brothers Ronnie and Charlie, make some of the most infectious party anthems of the '80s.

Californian health lobby sets sights on state rock

Once upon a time, California's energetic public health lobby concentrated on trying to stop people from smoking, or drinking beer, or from making a daily pilgrimage to their local fast-food restaurant. Now, having presumably run out of other things to ban, they have launched a crusade against a naturally occurring green mineral.

Album: Jimmy Webb, Just Across the River (E1 Music/RSK Entertainment)

The aim with the duets retrospective Just Across The River is to emphasise Webb's contribution to the Americana traditions of folk and country, which means the voluptuous cabaret pleasures of "McArthur Park" and "Up, Up And Away" are sacrificed in favour of the rustic mythopoeicising of "The Highwayman" and "Oklahoma Nights", the latter tinted with pedal steel and speckled with banjo; along with a nod to the Sixties' singer-songwriter tradition in the form of Webb and Jackson Browne's duetting on "P.F. Sloan", a tribute to the man who wrote "Eve Of Destruction".

Four dead after Oklahoma tornado outbreak

Four people were killed yesterday in an outbreak of violent weather that dropped tornadoes across Oklahoma, tossing cars off highways and flipping mobile homes, officials said.

A tough battle for a parking space

An elderly man had quite a fright after backing his car at high speed through a seventh-floor exterior wall of a multi-storey car park.

US state governor vetoes abortion bills

A US state governor two abortion bills that he said are an unconstitutional attempt by the legislature to insert government into the private lives and decisions of citizens.

Mourners remember Oklahoma bombing

Survivors and family members of the 168 people who died in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building gathered yesterday to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the attack. Hundreds of people attended the ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial to remember those killed – and the 600 people inured – in the 19 April, 1995, attack at the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building.

The Elixir of Love, Coliseum, London<br/>Drumming, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Jonathan Miller's Donizetti comedy &ndash; placed in a 'Grease'-style American diner &ndash; is cute and clever

Basketball: Thunder's Durant is on a roll

After making his name in Oklahoma the young ace is now shooting for the Stars

Jennifer Jones: Actress who won an Oscar for her role in 'The Song of Bernadette'

Jennifer Jones won an Academy Award as best actress for her first major screen role, that of the young girl from Lourdes who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary, in The Song of Bernadette (1943).

Oral Roberts: Evangelist who pioneered the charismatic style that came to dominate American Christianity

Oral Roberts was one of the most remarkable religious figures to have appeared in North America in the 20th century. A faith healer and pioneer of a new, informal style of religious broadcasting that became fashionable in the 1970s, he was at the forefront of the charismatic movement that became a powerful, even dominant, force in mainstream Christianity during the 1980s and 1990s. The founder of Oral Roberts University and Faith City, a medical school and hospital complex at Tulsa, Oklahoma, he will be remembered as one of America's most enterprising and colourful religious entrepreneurs.

Gore Vidal's United States of fury

At 84, the writer and activist may be confined to a wheelchair, but his rage &ndash; at his country, its leaders and citizens &ndash; burns as fiercely as ever. Johann Hari watches the sparks fly

US boy 'locked in wardrobe for years'

A woman was arrested after her 14-year-son told authorities he escaped from a home where he had spent most of the past four years locked in a wardrobe.

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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End of the Aussie brain drain

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